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Indian thermal coal exports up 13.3% y/y

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World Coal,

Thermal coal imports were among the biggest growth sectors for India’s major ports, coming in behind only finished fertilizer in terms of year-on-year growth – but with a significantly higher total tonnage.

Thermal coal imports were up 13.32% in the period April 2015 – January 2016 compared to the same period the year before. In total, India’s 12 major ports handled 80.1 million t of thermal coal compared to 70.6 million t between April 2014 and January 2015.

Port of Paradip handled the most thermal coal with imports for the period totaling 25.3 million – up slightly on the year before. Port of Kamarajar (formerly known as Ennore) handled 20.5 million t.

Port of Kandla continued to show strong growth in its thermal coal imports, handling 12.4 million t compared to 8.2 million t over the previous year. Growth was also strong at V.O.Chidambaranar, which handling 9.6 million t of thermal between April 2015 and January 2016, compared to 6.8 million t the year before.

On the metallurgical coal side, things were less positive with the major ports handling 1.2% less than the previous year. Overall, the major ports – which are controlled by the Indian central government and are responsible for the majority of Indian seaborne cargo traffic – saw an increase of 3.36% in cargo traffic.

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